15 of the best luxury hotels and resorts near the sea in Australia.
Breathtakingly beautiful. Sumptuously gorgeous. Magically isolated. Whatever the adjectives you choose to use, from the top of the East Coast of Australia, right around to the top of the West Coast, these, in my humble opinion, are the best luxury hotels and resorts (at or near the sea) in Australia. Just don't forget to pack your Alexandria Main beach robe or beach bag so it can have fun with you. Enjoy!
Infuse a little bit of eco and a lot of solitude with a dash of the brave (an hour's flight in a small plane means you can't turn to jelly at the sight of propellers) and you end up with the thinking person's luxury holiday at Lizard Island.
Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas
For the mamas and papas and baby beautiful people who like their all white surroundings to look as though they've just stepped out of a magazine.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple
For people cool enough to not need to be right in the centre of the action.
One & Only, Hayman Island
For the international jet set who've no need to read Vogue on the sun lounge because they are already in Vogue.
Qualia, Hamilton Island
Qualia's chic black and white stripes, the most stunning spa and best stocked resort boutique anywhere, makes it the fashionista's resort of choice
The Beach Club, Hamilton Island (Image below)
Recently renovated, and perfectly positioned beach side, The Beach Club is where you would stay if you were a writer trying to get a book written. Or if you were the characters in the book.
Seahaven Noosa (serviced apartments)
This one is for the families who want the best beach side position at the best beach in Queensland. (I've been known to drive the 90minute trip from home just for the pleasure of a 30 minute swim) and prefer to have the option of pouring their own cereal in the morning.
Versace Hotel, Gold Coast
If you are a zen minimalist stop reading right now. The very word Versace is likely to cause you to break out in hives. For everyone else, yes the Versace Hotel is as sumptuously divine as you would imagine. And appropriately it's next to the best shopping in all of the Gold Coast. The beach is a walk across the road.
Sheraton Mirage Hotel, Gold Coast
Style and substance with a white sandy beach and the best waves in Queensland literally right at your feet.
Halcyon House, Cabarita
If you like Hampton's style, if you are a stylist, if you are an interior designer, if you just plain like beautiful interiors then you will love Halcyon House.
Rae's on Watego's (www.raes.com.au)
Exotic style and the best restaurant in town on the most beautiful beach in NSW.
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, Byron Bay
Hidden in the rainforest, getting to your room is likely to involve a walk along a wooden path, over a creek, past a large python. But you'll be able to get there while holding a glass of Veuve Cliquot.
If Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck were all looking for a hotel to have a champagne cocktail and a couple of dry martinis, the Langham would be it. If they could just move the hotel down the hill a little closer to the harbour, the most glamorous hotel in Sydney would then be perfect. As it is, you'll want to pack your most comfortable pair of Tod's walking shoes and have an Uber on speed dial.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Clear views right across to the Sydney Opera House. And Sydney Harbour so close you can dip your hand in, although you'll need to save your ocean dip for somewhere like Bondi [Warning: name drop alert coming up.] If it's good enough for Hugh Jackman's family, who happened to be having breakfast at the next table when I was there, then it's good enough for me.
Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, Broome
A place for luxury seeking adventurers who like to ride camels while wearing ropes of south sea pearls. You're a long way from home, at the edge of the earth, and you'll feel it, but you'll forgive the distance when have a front row seat watching the sun sink into the steamy Indian Ocean.